Care home plans are given the green light

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An iconic building is to be torn down and replaced with a residential care home.

Councillors approved plans to demolish the former Deepdale Day Centre and build a 96-bedroomed care home.

A decision on the application had previously been put on hold, following fears raised by councillors over access to the site. Now plans have been given the go-ahead, subject to conditions.

Coun Stuart Greenhalgh said: “I asked this to be deferred, I had real concerns about the construction traffic and that’s why I wanted the question to be re-asked with the highways authority.”

The application was recommended for approval by planning officers, and a report said the care home would replace an existing former community use with an alternative community use.

Coun Brian Rollo, chairman of the planning committee, said: “I see nothing wrong with this.”